2: Port of Newcastle (Extinguishment of Liability) Bill 2022
8th November 2022
Mr GREG PIPER (Lake Macquarie) (16:51): I briefly contribute to debate on the Government amendments, as moved by the member for Ku-ring-gai, and commend them to the House. I have been in dialogue with the Opposition, in particular, the member for Summer Hill, Jo Haylen, who took the lead on this. It was a fruitful and genuine attempt to resolve the issue before us. The Government, with its access to Treasury and its resources for legal advice, has crafted amendments that are workable for the people of New South Wales and, most importantly, for the Port of Newcastle. The amendments will give it confidence that it can go ahead and trigger the process that will lead to investment in the area.
I thank the member for Summer Hill, the Treasurer and the member for Ku-ring-gai. I thank everybody who has participated. It may not be perfect to everybody and some people might have some concerns, but I am satisfied that this will land New South Wales in a much better place. The economic opportunity that will come out of this is not just for the Port of Newcastle; it is for the manufacturers, farmers and agribusinesses right across the State. I commend the Government's amendments to the House.
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